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sharing in governance of extractive industries

The Swedish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) organized a capacity building workshop and consultation on human rights-based environmental public administration of the mining sector in Bilene, Mozambique, 12-13 Oct, 2016 (the full report is attached).

The workshop, part of an initial four-year Sida-funded initiative – the Environmental Governance Programme - brought together over forty senior representatives and experts from the Mozambique government and civil society.

During the event, participants shared experiences and ideas on how to respond to the challenge of strengthening the environmental, gender, human rights and rule of law dimensions of public administration work in large-scale mining sectors. The workshop focused explicitly on developing a joint understanding of human rights based environmental practices, with special emphasis on identifying opportunities and challenges and on areas for future learning to address current gaps. In addition, the workshop helped to strengthen longer-term working relationships between the government and civil society participants, as well as between these national partners, SEPA and UNDP.

One of the main outcomes of this event was that it contributed to strengthen the relationship between different government agencies and between government and civil society, Josefa Jussar, Chief of Department, National Directorate for Environment, said in her closing remarks. It also helped us realize the importance of establishing a broad stakeholder engagement throughout the mining cycle.

During the workshop sessions were held on topics such as Human Rights in Public Administration, Inclusive Participation, Ecosystem Services and Biodiversity, and Design and Financial Guarantee for Closing of Mining Operations. The content of the workshop was developed and designed by SEPA/UNDP in close cooperation with the Mozambique Ministry of Land, Environment and Rural Development -MITADER and the Ministry of Mines and Energy - MIREME.             

In addition UN women held a special session focusing on the importance of ensuring that the extractive-led development and mining enable inclusive and sustainable development that provides opportunities equally for both men and women.

Some of the upcoming work of the Programme will include holding a similar workshop with partners in Colombia. Web-based learning materials and e-webinars will also be developed based on areas identified by the participants.

29 November – 1 December 2016, an annual meeting of the Environmental Governance Programme will be held in Stockholm, Sweden with the objectives to continue to share updates, good practices and lessons learned from EGP and partner initiatives and to update and finalize 2017 work plans at country and global level.

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Please find attached the Mozambique Workshop Report. We have also included it in the Workshop and Learning Activities Page. We would love to hear participants' feedback on this report. Do you have any additional input, questions, or other related topics you would like to engage on? Please feel free to do so by replying to this thread and reach out to me if you have any questions on how to do so. 

Kind regards, 

Tiffany

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